To God be the Glory  Books/Classes Home Updates About Sign Up Contact

Salty Pickles

by Alice
(Sidney NE USA)

What would cause my pickles to turn out very salty? It was suggested me to add my alum right in the jar as I put in the brine. Would this cause the saltiness?


Sharon -----------------

You know I have not used alum when making my pickles. So I really could not say if this is what caused your problem. I'll go ahead and post your question. Maybe someone with more experience could answer this for us.

I may just have to try alum though. I'm pickle challenged and have yet to consistently make a nice crispy batch of pickles. Sometimes they are great but sometimes not.

Comments for Salty Pickles

Click here to add your own comments

Salty Pickles
by: karen from canada

I use alum in the bottom of the jars all the time. 1/4 tsp per jar.

All the alum does is give the pickle its crunch. the problem is probably the water. Try a few pint jars for a batch using bottled water to see if it is the water.

Hope this helps. Maybe someone can help me. I make harvard beets and they go black, not the nice red I enjoy. What am i doing wrong?

too much salt
by: Sam

Made the mistake of doubling salt in the brine and dills are very salty. What can I do don't want to throw them out.

unsalty pickles
by: Anonymous

My pickles were also very salty, did not want to throw them out! Dumped out one half of the brine and filled the jar up with regular water.

I put them back in the fride and after a couple of days the excess salt had been pulled out of the cukes! And they were still crunchy!

Click here to add your own comments

Return to Canning Questions.


The Legal Stuff

by Sharon Peterson, Copyright © 2009-2017 SimplyCanning.com

Privacy   |   Advertising Policies

Information given has not been evaluated by the FDA or USDA, you are encouraged to verify all canning and food preservation advice on the USDA food preservation website. 

See my Full Disclaimer here.

Finding Your Way Around

Advertise with Simply Canning

Work with me - Contribute

Contact Sharon

About Sharon

Site Updates

Site Map

Any statements or claims about the possible health benefits conferred by any foods have not been evaluated by the Food & Drug Administration and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

Join The Community

Simply Canning is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to amazon.com.